From 2011 to 2012 I attended Stanford University for the graduate program in journalism. I earned my my masters in June, 2012, and began an internship with The Sacramento Bee for roughly four months. Below is a selection of my work.
July 9, 2012: Through experience, Peninsula woman offers support for families recovering from loss
– Killed in a car crash. Died in her sleep. Cancer. Drug overdose. Undetermined.
Rosanna Marks reads through the stack of applications to The Compassionate Friends, a support group for families coping with the death of a child or sibling. She lights a lopsided candle on the upper-left stove burner in her Burlingame home before starting a pot of coffee. This happens pretty much every morning.
“Oh, let me fix this for her,” Marks says, glancing at a small photo affixed to the wall as she stands the candle upright. From the image, Rebecca Marks smiles. Four years ago, Rebecca died of a drug overdose in New York.
Rosanna runs the Mid Peninsula, San Francisco chapter of The Compassionate Friends. She writes the newsletter. She promotes the group. She collects donations. She makes house calls. She picks up the phone in the middle of the night.
After Rebecca’s death, Rosanna felt there was nowhere to turn for support. She first looked to her religion and was referred to a rabbi in San Francisco. She remembers picking up the phone and saying into the receiver, “Hello, my name is Rosanna Marks, my 19-year-old daughter just died, and I need some support.”
“You’ll have to make an appointment after Passover finishes. Please call back after the holiday,” the rabbi told her.
“Make an appointment?”
“Yes. When you call back we can discuss payment.”
“Payment? How much?”
“It’s on a curve. If you can’t afford it, we can discuss it later.”
“Later? You’re discussing it with me now.”
Rosanna hung up the phone. She never made an appointment.
January 5, 2012: San Jose’s shared office spaces merge practicality with design
– Walking through the front doors of the Bank of Italy building at 1st and Santa Clara streets in downtown San Jose reminds you of a different time. Corinthian columns regulate the facade, while an elegant chandelier hangs above a polite guard, who sits comfortably in a swivel chair behind a heavy, wooden desk. The elevator buttons push in but don’t light up.
On the third floor is Citizen Space, a co-working office targeted to individuals who need a more fluid work environment.Across the block resides NextSpace, another co-working office. The wall paneling is Mahogany and old, leather couches fill up conference rooms. Desks with short partitions occupy part of a currently unused room. “Serious commerce happens in here,” joked Gretchen Baisa, NextSpace’s community curator. “I want someone to smoke a cigar in here — actually, just kidding, California labor laws.”
It’s new-world thinking in old-world buildings.
(This article also showed up on SFGate.com)